The best places to go in September

Hello, September! Despite the fact that summer officially ends September 21, your vacation season is far from over: http://cntrvlr.co/fDUqm8i
  1. Auckland, New Zealand
    Why we love it: Trade the end of summer in the U.S. for the arrival of spring in New Zealand, where sunshine is plentiful and flowers begin their bloom. Though you may get occasional rain, cheaper hotel prices and affordable airfare—according to Expedia, averages are down 28 percent—should help dispel the blues. With everything from beaches (Waiheke) to dormant volcanoes (Mount Eden), there's a reason Auckland was named the best coastal city in the world. Photo Courtesy: Getty
  2. Rome, Italy
    Why we love it: Peak tourist season is ending, which means shorter lines at top attractions like the Pantheon and Roman Forum. Even better? Airfare is, on average, down 26 percent, which means you'll have more money to spend on steaming plates of cacio e pepe and spaghetti alle vongole. Photo Courtesy: Getty
  3. Nashville, Tennessee
    Why we love it: One of the best Labor Day destinations, Nashville has airfares that are, on average, down 24 percent for travel in September. Check out the Music City's Food + Wine Festival from September 17-18, which will feature food from more than 40 top Nashville restaurants, backed by live musical performances from homegrown group Kings of Leon; take part in a Dragon Boat Festival (September 10), or wander The Gulch like a local. Photo Courtesy: Getty
  4. Dublin, Ireland
    Why we love it: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may get all of the love, sure, but the Tiger Dublin Fringe, one of the country's biggest multidisciplinary arts festivals, is worth mentioning: From September 10-25, get a glimpse of what's new (and next) in music, theatre, live art, comedy, dance, circus, and visual art from Irish and international artists. Photo Courtesy: Getty